James Murray 'cast as Prince Andrew in The Crown series five'

James Murray 'cast as Prince Andrew in The Crown series five'

The Crown series 5: Prince Andrew ‘to be played by Primeval and Cutting It star James Murray’

  • The Cutting It actor, 46, is the latest star to be announced for series five of the hit Netflix series
  • He will replace Tom Byrne, who played the Prince in series four 
  • The Mancunian star will co-star alongside Imelda Staunton (Queen Elizabeth II), Claudia Harrison (Princess Anne) and Timothy Laurence who plays Anne’s wife 
  • The last two series of The Crown will cover the Royal Family in the 1990s to 2003 
  • No official release date has been announced for season five but it will air in 2022 

James Murray is reportedly the latest star to join the cast of series five of The Crown. 

The Cutting It actor, 46, will take on the role of Prince Andrew in the upcoming series, The Sun reports, for which filming has already got underway. 

James will replace Tom Byrne, who played the Queen’s second son in series four. 


The Crown series 5: James Murray is set to take on the role of Prince Andrew following his TV appearances in Cutting It and Primeval (James pictured in 2018)

James’ previous endeavours include his portrayal of Stephen Hart in ITV’s Primeval,  playing Liam Carney in BBC One’s season four of Cutting It and acting as the lead DCI in completely improvised show Suspects.

The Mancunian actor, who is married to actress Sarah Parish, is also currently filming Masters of Air – the Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks-produced Apple TV series.

He will co-star along an already-impressive starting line-up: Imelda Staunton (Queen Elizabeth II), Claudia Harrison (Princess Anne) and Timothy Laurence who will play Anne’s wife. 

Acting couple: The Mancunian actor, who is married to actress Sarah Parish, is currently filming Masters of Air – the Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks-produced Apple TV series (James and Sarah pictured above in 2018)

Old projects: James’ previous endeavours include his portrayal of Stephen Hart in ITV’s Primeval, playing Liam Carney in BBC One’s season four of Cutting It and acting as the lead DCI in completely improvised show Suspects (pictured above in Suspects)

New role: The Queen’s second son in series four was played by Tom Byrne, who the 46-year-old is replacing

The very first image of Imelda Staunton in character as Queen Elizabeth II was revealed last week. 

The Netflix show took to Twitter on Friday to upload a snap of the actress, 65, dressed as the monarch as she prepares to take over the regal role from current Queen actress Olivia Colman. 

Alongside the image, The Crown’s official Twitter account simply wrote: ‘An early glimpse of our new Queen Elizabeth II, Imelda Staunton.’    

Her Royal Highness: The very first image of Imelda Staunton in character as Queen Elizabeth II was revealed last week

Imelda perfectly portrayed the monarch in the first look snap, donning a smart shirt with a bow on the front of the collar.

She wore her greying locks in curls and even sported a slight touch of red lipstick as well as a set of pearls around her neck.  

Also joining The Crown newcomer in series five is Lesley Manville, 64, who is set to star as Princess Margaret and Jonathan Pryce, 73, will take over the role of Prince Philip for the seasons showing the Royals navigating the 1990s and early 2000s.

Big role: Imelda, 65, is the next actress to take over the role as the Queen, following on from Olivia Colman and Claire Foy (pictured in 2020)

The Queen’s younger sister has previously been played by Helena Bonham Carter and Vanessa Kirby. While Tobias Menzies, 47, and Matt Smith, 38, have portrayed past versions of the late Duke of Edinburgh.  

The final two series of The Crown will cover the Royal Family’s history throughout the 1990s and into 2003, however it is not yet know which moments will be seen.

There are several poignant moments which could be used, including the Queen making a speech on her 40th anniversary of her accession in 1992, in which she called the year an ‘annus horriblis’.

She was referring to the breakdown of three of her children’s marriages; Prince Andrew, Princess Anne’s and Prince Charles’ divorce from Princess Diana.


Poignant portrayal: The final two series of The Crown will cover the Royal Family’s history throughout the 1990s and into 2003, however it is not yet know which moments will be seen

The IT Crowd and Humans star Claudia Harrison has also be announced for the new season and will play Princess Anne. 

The RADA-trained performer was spotted in character on-set at Scotland’s Covesea Lighthouse on Tuesday, where she was shooting opposite Imelda.

Claudia, 45, boasts a number of TV gigs on her CV as well as a high-profile co-star following her turn in 2005 thriller Archangel, where she starred opposite Daniel Craig in the show about a mystery concerning dictator Josef Stalin.

She is a farmer’s wife and a mother-of-three and is said to have been ‘shocked and delighted’ when she was chosen to play Anne when the Royal was aged in her 40s. 


Who’s who? The actress playing Princess Anne in The Crown’s fifth season has been revealed as The IT Crowd and Humans star Claudia Harrison

Look familiar? The RADA-trained performer was spotted in character on-set at Scotland’s Covesea Lighthouse on Tuesday, where she was shooting opposite Imelda

Theo Fraser Steele, playing Princess Anne’s husband Timothy Laurence, was also spotted filming alongside Imelda and Claudia on Tuesday.   

He cut a dapper figure to play the role of Anne’s spouse, who she married in 1992 after splitting from Mark Phillips. 

Theo’s acting career spans back to 1996, when he starred in Casualty while he also played Christian Holhurst in political satire The Thick Of It in 2005.  As well as acting, he is a successful deli owner and runs a shop with his wife in Hackney. 


Royal role: The Crown’s fifth season will also feature The Thick Of It star Theo Fraser Steele (left) playing Princess Anne’s husband Timothy Laurence (right)

Theo comes from Essex and trained to be an actor in London before working with Bill Nighy and Stella Gonet in Richard Eyre’s production of David Hare’s Skylight at the National Theatre aged just 23. 

He went on to have many stage roles both in the capital and across the country. In The Thick Of It he played an MP’s son who was shoved up against a wall and subjected to a torrent of abuse by the foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker.   

Speaking in 2018 about moving from acting to food, when he told The West Morland Gazette: ‘We didn’t choose to do it – we sort of fell into it. It started with just me. We now own the business and have a staff of 12’.

Due to the location of filming at Covesea Lighthouse on Tuesday, production was stopped multiple times due to RAF fighters jets flying overheard to land at the nearby RAF Lossiemouth base, situated just a few hundred metres away.

Happy: Princess Anne and Timothy, who married in 1992, are pictured above after celebrating their first wedding anniversary in 1993

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